Innes to appear on Kentucky Tonight Monday

Richard Innes, the Bluegrass Institute’s staff education analyst, is scheduled to appear Monday, June 22, 2015 on KET’s Kentucky Tonight show. Per KET: “Substitute host Renee Shaw and her guests discuss education. Scheduled guests: Representative Derrick Graham, chair of the House Education Committee; Senator Mike Wilson, chair of the Senate Education Committee; Richard Innes, staff…

Search for new education commissioner will be costly

The contract for a search firm to help find a new commissioner of education for Kentucky has been approved by the legislature’s Government Contract Review Committee. This isn’t going to be cheap. In part driven by fears of repeating the disastrous commissioner search debacle of 2007, the new search contract will apparently include more records…

Trial of another superintendent caught with hand in till starts soon

Over two years ago, Tim Moore became one of several former public school superintendents flagged in a special audit by Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen for inappropriate fiscal activities. The Ledger-Independent reports that Moore’s trial for alleged abuse of public trust of $10,000 but less than $100,000, and two counts of alleged theft…

Common Core curriculum won’t prepare kids for Kentucky’s Gatton and Craft Academies

It is no secret that the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University has been proclaimed the top public high school in Kentucky – and even in the nation – for years. After all, Gatton is basically a highly competitive magnet high school that draws top students from across Kentucky. And, as…

Courier-Journal: ‘State: schools inflated program review scores’

Picking up and even expanding upon the issue of inflated scoring in Kentucky’s new Program Reviews for school accountability that I wrote about earlier today, the Courier-Journal in Louisville also points to the serious problems that were admitted to today in the Kentucky Board of Education’s meeting. The Courier points to telling comments from Kentucky…